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Thread: Fluted barrels

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    Fluted barrels

    Considering having a fluted barrel on my next rifle. 308. Will be used for stalking but will also take down the range at Bisley when I can. Will a fluted barrel allow me to put more rounds down the range? What other advantages does it have, if any (apart from looking kinda good)

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    Pros

    Weight, faster cooling.

    Cons

    Faster to heat up, More kick.

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    I have a fluted barrell the reason i have a fluted barrell is purely asthetic it looks bloodly lovely! It really is very very slim any difrrences it really does make over a standard barrell!

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    It can funnel water into places whereas a non fluted barrel the water mostly just runs off.

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    If you want to see a proper fluted barrel get one from armalon,real deep flutes,they look real sexy,best I've ever seen

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    The fluting 'stiffens ' the barrel without adding the full weight of a full bull barrel , but as with most things in life that are an attempt to get the best of both its a compromise - the fluting will cause issues when the barrel heats up during an extended string of shots.
    The fluting will cause the barrel to heat up unevenly and the will likely cause a shift in the poi - much the same as you get in a sporter / lightweight barrel from a cold barrel to a hot one.
    The fluting is supposed to aid in faster cooling - increased surface area , but whether this is really effective is a moot point .

    Overall if your primary purpose is stalking a decent quality fluted barrel should be an aid to improved accuracy , and occasional range use - don't shoot too fast
    Last edited by wivenhoe65; 18-05-2013 at 21:24.

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    Fluting is like cutting holes in your car bonnet ! You think it looks good and improves things. But everyone else knows it has no use except to sell rifles with a cheap bling factor.
    Save your money !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wivenhoe65 View Post
    The fluting 'stiffens ' the barrel without adding the full weight of a full bull barrel , but as with most things in life that are an attempt to get the best of both its a compromise - the fluting will cause issues when the barrel heats up during an extended string of shots.
    The fluting will cause the barrel to heat up unevenly and the will likely cause a shift in the poi - much the same as you get in a sporter / lightweight barrel from a cold barrel to a hot one.
    The fluting is supposed to aid in faster cooling - increased surface area , but whether this is really effective is a moot point .

    Overall if your primary purpose is stalking a decent quality fluted barrel should be an aid to improved accuracy , and occasional range use - don't shoot too fast
    how does fluting make the barrel stiffer then,if you are taking metal of the barrel it's going to be less rigid,ok with extra surface area for cooling

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    Way i understand it is a Fluted Barrel is stiffer than a non Fluted Barrel of the same weight. A non Fluted Barrel is stiffer than a Fluted Barrel of the same diameter.
    Happy to be corrected though.

    Yorkie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swarovski View Post
    how does fluting make the barrel stiffer then,if you are taking metal of the barrel it's going to be less rigid,ok with extra surface area for cooling
    Fluting in itself does not improve the stiffness of a barrel , a fluted barrel is generally of a larger diametre than a lightweight / sporter weight barrel - a medium to heavy barrel profile if you will , the fluting reduces the overall weight of the barrel so it is still stiffer than the lightweight barrel, but not as heavy as a heavyweight barrel but neither is it as stiff as a true heavyweight barrel .
    So it is a compromise between the two , offering something of both but not as good as either in that aspect ie lightweight / stiffness .

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